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M’sians Living in Singapore Share 6 Exciting Places to Visit That Aren’t Tourist Traps

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Don’t let the humble size of Singapore fool you into thinking that it has nothing to offer the average tourist because unbeknownst to many Malaysians, Singapore actually has loads of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered! We recently spoke to a few Malaysians living in the Lion City and asked them to share with us a few of the city’s best-kept secrets they’ve discovered during their time there.

So, don’t think that you’ve already seen it all until you’ve visited these 6 hidden gems in Singapore which might just make you want to book the next flight to our neighbours down south.

 

1. Witness the ever-changing murals at the Aliwal Arts Centre 

 

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If you are the ultimate art buff, then be sure to pay a visit to the Aliwal Arts Centre to be inspired by numerous works of art by some of Singapore’s most talented local artists.

What to expect:

  • Numerous murals in the alleyway at the back of the building. One of the murals even caught the attention of Disney’s design team wei!
  • The lifespan of a mural only lasts about one to two weeks, ensuring that there’s always something new to check out!
  • You can also catch or take part in exciting events such as the Aliwal Urban Art Festival 2019, a multidisciplinary art festival designed to showcase Singapore’s creative side. Find out more here.

 

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2. Satisfy your wanderlust at one of Singapore’s few remaining ‘kampungs’ at Pulau Ubin 

 

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Northeast of mainland Singapore lies Pulau Ubin, a rustic island that has been left untouched and unspoilt by Singapore’s rapid development. Travel back in time to the 1960s as you discover the many treasures the island has to offer for a truly unforgettable experience.

What to expect:

  • Scenic hiking and biking trails for adventure junkies and nature lovers to experience the natural charm of the island.
  • The island is considered one of Singapore’s real last ‘kampungs’ and is home to less than a hundred villagers who live in traditional kampung-style houses.
  • Go bird-watching and check out Ubin’s rich ecosystem of flora and fauna. See if you can spot birds like the Collared Kingfisher and Straw-headed Bulbul.

Getting there: Simply catch a 10-minute bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal.

 

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3. Unwind at the Animal Resort and get acquainted with friendly animals

 

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If you’re looking to spend quality time with your loved ones away from Singapore’s hectic city life, then you can’t go wrong with a trip to the Animal Resort, a rather unconventional yet interesting take on a petting zoo.

What to expect:

  • From adorable guinea pigs and rabbits to a retired racehorse from New Zealand named Pin Number, there are plenty of animals for you to occupy your time with as you feed them tasty treats.
  • The place is also recognised as a bird sanctuary featuring 11 different types of birds including exotic ones such as the Cassowary and Marabou Stork.
  • Make a pit stop at Jalan Kayu which is a well-known hotspot amongst foodies offering delightful breakfast and supper treats.

PS: Admission to the Animal Resort is FREE!

Address: 81 Seletar West Farmway 5

 

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4. Strike a pose with the awe-inspiring Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree 

Looking to beautify your Instagram feed? Then why not check out the Mindanao gum tree at Katong Park which is well-known among the locals for its beautiful ever-changing colours?

What you should know:

  • The Mindanao gum tree or more commonly known as the Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree is classified as a Heritage Tree by the National Parks Board of Singapore.
  • Originating from Papua New Guinea, the tree sheds its outer bark overtime, revealing its multi-coloured streaks underneath.
  • As the tree matures, the patches of the outer bark shed, revealing blue, purple, orange, and maroon tones.

5. Enjoy the views at MacRitchie Reservoir Park to catch a brief respite from Singapore’s city life

 

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Being one of the four reservoirs that bound Singapore’s nature reserves, the MacRitchie Reservoir Park is a 12-hectare green haven frequented by nature lovers and sports enthusiasts alike.

What to expect:

  • Hike or bike through scenic trails that will captivate you as you immerse yourself in the park’s biodiversity.
  • There are even kayaks and canoes available for rent which let you paddle through the calm waters of the reservoir.
  • Experience the Treetop Walk, a free-standing suspension bridge spanning the two highest points of the park offering panoramic views.

 

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6. Satisfy your Thai cravings at the Golden Mile Complex, Singapore’s very own Little Thailand

 

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Formerly known as the Woh Hup Complex, the Golden Mile Complex is an ethnic enclave for Singapore’s Thai population and is one of the top spots in the city where you’ll be able to savour authentic Thai food.

What to expect:

  • Numerous Thai food restaurants and supermarkets where you’ll be able to purchase savoury Thai snacks like Banana Fritters.
  • Stop by New Udon Mookata to not miss out on their popular Thai Mookata. Be sure to pair it with their addictive chilli sauce too! 
  • Check out Beer Thai, which is another popular Thai restaurant widely recognised among the locals for their authentic Thai cuisine.

 

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How amazing are these places?! Have you personally visited some of them before? Let us know in the comments below!

Well, if you haven’t, then there’s actually no better time to book a trip down to Singapore than now considering that Klook is offering RM30 OFF all Singapore activities!

Here are some of the activities to look out for:

 

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That’s right! All you have to do is use the promo code SGKLOOK30 on any of the Singapore activities and book before 10 February 2019 (with a minimum spend of RM450).

Interested? Then make sure you visit Klook’s website to find out more or book an activity today!

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